Virtual wager
pays real big

Apr 1, 2003 3:55 AM

STAFF / AP REPORTS

A truck driver from Scotland was planning early retirement after winning a record payout after placing a bet on a virtual horse race at his local bookie.

A spokesman for Ladbrokes, which owned the shop, said the Stuart Johnstone will earn $132,460 after placing the winning bet on four horses. Approximately 250,000 people a week watch computerized horses race around virtual courses.

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